It’s good to be home.

For the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, they’re just glad to have a home.

After playing the entire 2011 Alaska Baseball League season as visitors and starting this year with three road games, the Chinooks — formerly Athletes in Action Fire — played in front of a home crowd for the first time at Loretta French Park on Monday, June 18.

It was a welcome change for the team, manager Jon Groth said.

“It’s nice to have some people on our side,” he said.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks started the 2012 Alaska Baseball League season with three straight wins.

They beat the Anchorage Bucs 3-2 on June 13, downed the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 13-9 on June 15 and beat the Bucs again June 17 by a 5-0 margin.

Solid pitching led to the early season success, said infielder Kris Kwak.

“Our pitching has been unbelievable,” he said. “Every guy that came in for us in our first three games shut them down.”

Eagle River's Nychele Fischetti, 21, set the school record in the mile for the Biola University track and field team this spring and also teamed up jane Kerner, Alexandra Sciarra and fellow Alaskan Brooke Forsi to set the school's 4X800 meter record at the NAIA 2012 Indoor Track and Field Championships. Fischetti graduated from Biola this spring. She is a 2008 graduate of Anchorage Christian Schools and the dauther of Susan and Michael Fischetti of Eagle River.

The first-place Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks ran their record to 2-0 with a 13-9 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Friday, June 15, at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Trailing  7-5 after five innings, the Chinooks racked up eight runs in the final four innings. Five Chinooks had multiple hits and four different players drove in two runs apiece.

Griffin Gum went 3-for-6 with one RBI and scored a run for Chugiak-Eagle River. Brent Fukushima and Adam Humes each went 2-for-3 for the Chinooks. Humes drove in two runs while Fukushima had two RBIs and scored a run. 

It’s two months before the 2012 prep football season starts, and Eagle River High already has cause for celebration.

The Wolves will host four home games this year, doubling the number of games played at the school the past two seasons.

“It’s gonna be great for the kids and the community,” head coach Jason Brewer said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Eagle River played its first home game against nonconference Lathrop in 2010. Last year, the Wolves hosted their first Cook Inlet Conference game against East for homecoming.

Last year, Chris Parker moved well over 4,000 miles to live with his father on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Now, the recent Eagle River High graduate is packing his bags again.

Parker is making the 2,000-mile trek to Lakewood, Wash., where he’ll play basketball for Pierce College in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC).

“I’m so excited,” said Parker, who hopes to gain experience at Pierce and transfer to a Division I program. “I’m ready to get down there. Ready right now.”

The game between Chugiak Post 33 and Eagle River American Legion set for Tuesday, June 12 at Oberg Field was postponed due to rain. A makeup date was not set as of Tuesday night.


Chugiak (4-3 overall) is in action today (Thursday, June 14) when it hosts Wasilla at 6:30 p.m. at Oberg Field. Chugiak then hosts a doubleheader with Kenai Post 20 on Sunday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m.


Ok, let’s try this again.

After suffering a rainout in their scheduled home opener on Tuesday, June 12, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks will begin their tenure at Loretta French Park with a clash against the Mat-Su Miners at 7 p.m. Opening ceremonies for the historic game begin at 6:30 p.m.

Chinooks returner AJ Work couldn’t be happier to be moving into town.

As a new team playing in a new town under a new manager, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks won’t quite know what to expect when they take the field tonight at Loretta French Park.

Well … most of them, anyway.

Four returners are back for the Chinooks, formerly the Athletes in Action Fire. Those include AJ Work, Scott Kalamar, J.J. Turbin and Tyler Shyock.

Though most of the team has never played together, the Chinooks are already a tight-knit group, Work said. He attributed the quick camaraderie to the players’ faith.